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John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sticking to It

"The 12 steps didn't work for me."

"I tried that diet but it wasn't any good."

"I signed up for a yoga class, but it was too hard."

What's the common thread in the three statements above? And, of course the common thread is that the participants didn't stick to it.

The reality is that most any self-improvement plan will work if we stick to it.

The 12-step programs work for millions. But it only works for those who follow directions. In fact, it's a 100% guaranteed that if one follows the 12-steps they'll remain clean and sober.

Same with a diet. If one wants to be on a diet, yet eat whatever they want whenever they want, the diet won't work. The simple equation is to take in fewer calories than one expends.

Likewise with an exercise plan. We follow instructions as best we can and soon we'll look and feel better.

Motivation is one of the keys to success in anything we try. But when we get lazy and unmotivated we'll drop out with a bunch of excuses to explain our failure..

And when we drop out we'll talk about the how the program, plan, or class didn't work.

But, we won't tell it those who are succeeding. We'll tell to others just like us - those who also dropped out - and we'll have a large audience that agrees with us.

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